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The famous writer, Amy Tan, pissed off as hell, resorted to calling the current crop of GOP candidates unsavory names, such as Rigid Sanctimonious, Nude Gingrich and Mutt Raunchy.
This display of ire had the effect of pissing off certain right-wing bloggers who thought Ms. Tan had gone off the deep end. I mean, really, her names didn't make sense. Romney isn't "raunchy"! Is he? And Gingrich isn't "nude"! Is he? Ms. Tan was just plain rude.
Actually, Ms. Tan, in my opinion, was fully justified in calling the moronic GOP candidates names. In fact, I think she has exercised great restraint. I would have called them much worse. In fact, I have called them much worse. They deserve to be called much worse!
Ms. Tan has defended her verbal assaults on her Facebook page. This is what she said, in part:
"To those who criticize my perversion of the GOP candidates' names, please know that name-calling is not my usual standard of response. Nor do I normally use expletives. But I make exceptions. Never in my lifetime have I seen such a line-up of candidates who want to pervert the lives of women, who want to f**k them over every which way they can think of. These perverts are men, and variously they are telling us that single women should not have sex, should not use contraceptives, should consider a baby conceived from a rape to be a blessing, and to leave all matters concerning the uterus to them."
Ms. Tan then notes that the GOP candidates, like all of the Republican right "vote down the line on personal moral beliefs," but are out of touch with the real world. She mentions she's the daughter of a Baptist minister and knows "how intractable religious beliefs are supposed to be, how by faith, you must carry those beliefs into the world, into all walks of life, without compromise, without listening to any other opinions."
But that doesn't mean it's right nor justified. Obviously, religious beliefs are often the cause of evil, the source of nastiness and not a means of grace! And that's why Ms. Tan concludes her diatribe thusly:
"To these GOP candidates who want to rule government by the divine guidance of their cocks, study the pages of history on the Inquisition and the Holocaust, and keep your hands off me, my nieces, my sisters, my women friends, their daughters and their daughters to come."
The Republican Party, which is, by and large, led and fed by fundamentalist christianists of both Protestant and Catholic stripes, has turned into a quasi-fascist ultra right party that would strip human rights out of the Constitution in favor of biblical mandates posited by ignorant desert-dwellers thousands of years ago.
The Republican Party, parroting the biblical notions of patriarchy, strives to put women in their "place," which invariably means "barefoot, pregnant and home."
The Republican Party thinks it can win an election in 2012 without the women's vote.
But there are cracks in the party's facade. Richard Hanna, a Republican congressman from New York, fed up with the kooks now leading his party, had some words of advice for women. These are "precarious times" for women, said Congressman Hanna. Women need to look out for themselves, protect themselves. In fact, said the congressman, women should give their money, not to the Republican Party or the GOP candidates, but to those who would best look after their interests, to those who speak for women, i.e. the Democrats.
That may not be much, but Mr. Hanna does provide a ray of light, a slender reed of hope. Maybe our slide down the slippery slope of Republican depravity can be derailed?